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Circus Hero

March 25, 2014 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 21, 2014
  • Release Date: March 25, 2014
  • Label: 429 Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 SLG, LLC
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  • Total Length: 1:00:34
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  • ASIN: B00IWPJFCE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,805 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Lem on April 1, 2014
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I've been waiting since the Police broke up for Andy to have a project I could really get into. I never could take to his past solo or collaboration projects. That is, until now. It has all Andy's trademark atmospheric guitar sounds and fills, combined/ amped up with layers of rock guitar sound that I wasn't expecting. Rob Giles' vocals and playing are excellent and every song is great. The guitar on "Whenever You Hear the Rain" is immediately recognizable. "Hot Camel" is groove funky as hell. "Levitation" and "The Story Ends Here" are currently my two favorite tracks.
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Summers (I think) made the Police the Police - not that those other two guys weren't pretty good as well. He has a unique sense of harmony, uses some really gnarly chord structures, and delivers the package with razor sharp execution. Post Police I pretty much lost track of him, aside from reading his bio - an interesting and well done book - and listening to a few of his independent projects like World Gone Strange, which was quite a while ago - 1991. These indie projects had some great songs, but seemed to drift more in a cerebral than gut-level direction; then again, for a guy who likes to play Bartok violin concertos on guitar with Fripp "for fun" is definitely not a lightweight musician. At any rate, Summers comes roaring back as a rocker in this album that has a vibe somewhat like U2 meets Cold Play in a big room with a fair amount of reverb. For guitar junkies like me this is a fiesta with a wide range of pedals used very well, especially the good old wah on a few tracks. There are a bunch of really hypnotic riffs in the album, Shoot Out the Stars being one, and one I've yet to figure out how to play - sounds simple, it ain't. Rob Giles' singing propels this album along like a freight train; he and Summers make a great combination and hope to hear more from them in the future.
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Where was this Andy Summers 27 years earlier? This is organic, living, breathing rock music. The Andy Summers of 1987 and the Andy Summers of 2014 sound like two completely different musicians.

On the debut album from his new rock group, the 71-year-old Summers shows the young'uns how it's done - and how it should have been done for the last couple of decades, since the guitar master was busy doing things that most rock musicians couldn't dream or hope of doing.

This time, Summers lays it on really thick with his guitars and wisely leaves the singing to his new songwriting partner Rob Giles, a singer and multi-instrumentalist in the indie rock band The Rescues. Not only does Giles provide dynamite, powerhouse vocals, but he also does a standout job on bass and drums, sometimes sounding like Sting and Stewart Copeland on those instruments on certain songs. Dan Epand also handles the sticks masterfully on three tracks.

The resulting sound is an exhilarating mix of musical styles (The Police, Yes, U2, `80s rock, modern rock, even Eric Johnson) that make up a compelling package, and Summers has the chords, licks, and riffs and Giles has the voice to really sell it, especially on numbers such as "Levitation," "Underground," "No Highway," and "Whenever You Hear the Rain." Other highlights include "Say Goodnight," "Gamma Ray," "Summer Lies," and "Light the Fuse & Run." My personal favorites aside, the whole album is flawless from beginning to end.

There's no telling how long Summers can keep going (based on now, he can seemingly go on forever). Hopefully, he can get at least three to five records out of this deal.
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This is an absolutely brilliant piece of work: well written power pop/rock chock full of the imaginative guitar riffs we hope/expect from Andy Summers. I agree with the other reviewers mentioning Police/U2/Yes references, but I also hear Shins & FOW in there too. Rob GIles is an amazing find too; great player & he knows how to write some big catchy hooks! I'm actually glad that Sting didn't get a hold of these song ideas & castrate them into the neutered vision of music he seeks nowadays. I had no idea this band even existed until I read the Andy Summers interview in the Jul/14 issue of Guitar Player magazine. Based on this find alone, I will continue my subscription; thanks GP for spotlighting this gem! I sure do miss the days of hearing stuff like this on the radio (I'm old enough to remember when the Police owned the radio & MTV). I hate writing reviews but I would love to see this band/cd get the attention I feel it deserves; this is my summer jam!
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I had been keeping an eye on this combination via the internet, and finally heard the album on an international flight. Amazing; it was way more rocking that I had thought it would be. There some really good songs on here, with a great strong starter in Levitation. Personally I also like Night Time Travellers, Shoot Out the Stars and Whenever You Hear the Rain (the last one having a great guitar line that echos Every Breath). The absolute standout feature is Andy's guitar playing; it's clean, original and SO good to hear in a rock context again. Will be an interesting band to watch develop over the next couple of years.
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